Senators unveil bipartisan blueprint for comprehensive AI regulation


Two United States senators unveiled a bipartisan blueprint for synthetic intelligence (AI) laws on Friday, Sept. 8, as Congress intensifies its endeavors to regulate the emerging technology.

The framework put ahead by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Josh Hawley advocates for obligatory licensing for AI corporations and makes it clear that expertise legal responsibility protections won’t defend these firms from authorized actions.

In a press release on X (previously Twitter), Blumenthal expressed that this bipartisan framework represents a big step ahead — a strong and comprehensive legislative plan for concrete and enforceable AI safeguards. It is predicted to be a information in managing the potential advantages and dangers of AI expertise.

Hawley emphasised that the ideas outlined on this framework ought to function the foundational foundation for Congress to take motion concerning AI regulation.

“We’ll continue hearings with industry leaders and experts, as well as other conversations and fact-finding to build a coalition of support for legislation.”

The framework proposes making a licensing system overseen by an unbiased regulatory physique. It mandates that AI mannequin builders register with this oversight entity, which might possess the authority to conduct audits of those licensing candidates.

Image of the AI framework. Source: X

Additionally, the framework means that Congress ought to make it express that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which supplies authorized protections to tech corporations for third-party content material, doesn’t lengthen to AI purposes. Other sections of the framework advocate for company transparency, shopper and youngster safety, in addition to nationwide safety safeguards.

Blumenthal and Hawley, who lead the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and Law, have additionally revealed plans for a listening to. This listening to will embrace testimony from distinguished figures similar to Brad Smith, the vice chairman and president of Microsoft; William Dally, the chief scientist and senior vp of analysis at NVIDIA; and Woodrow Hartzog, professor at Boston University School of Law.

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The unveiling of this framework and the accompanying listening to announcement precedes Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s AI discussion board. The discussion board is set to function leaders from main AI corporations who will present lawmakers with insights into the potential benefits and dangers related to AI.

Schumer additionally introduced an AI framework in June. His framework outlined an in depth vary of elementary ideas, versus the extra detailed measures proposed by Hawley and Blumenthal.

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